Social Responsibility and Environment

SOCIAL PROJECTS
 

The cornerstone of being a good neighbor - our social performance - is listening and responding positively to local communities and border society. Maintenance of a responsible social contact with our communities in Kazakhstan is an established practice in Sunkar Resources Plc. 

Sunkar Resources Plc. through its subsidiary Temir-Service LLP with approval of regional Governmental authorities, finances social projects in Aktobe region of Kazakhstan and is highly appreciated by local public.
 

Our Social Programs cover many areas like:

  • Central Hospitals in Mugalzhar region
  • Heating and Water Supply Systems in Mugalzhar region
  • Regional Children development institutions
  • Education and Medical sphere of Mugalzhar region

Sunkar's investments in community development and social projects by the end of 2010 totaled over US $460 000 from the beginning of the project.


2010


In 2010 Temir Service LLP organised charitable dinner and provided food packs to support and honor veterans of WWII who live in the region.

With the start of the new school year Temir Service LLP financed acqusition of textbooks to support local education. The textbooks were purchased mainly for children from low-income families and orphans.

In 2010 payments as social obligations of Temir Service LLP in Aktobe region totaled US $53 309.


Social Projects in 2010

Date

Description of activity

Amount in USD

August 2010

Sunkar organises charitable dinner and provides food packs for veterans of WWII

$ 10 289

September 2010

Sunkar purchases textbooks from Almaty Kitap Baspasy LLP (Publishing firm) for children from low-income families and orphans.

$ 20 577

September 2010

Sunkar purchases textbooks from Publishing house Mektep LLP for children from low-income families and orphans.

$ 6 859

September 2010

Sunkar purchases textbooks from Atamura Corporation LLP (Publishing firm) for children from low-income families and orphans.

$ 15 584

 

Total

$ 53 309


2009


In 2009 Temir Service LLP continued to support local social infrastructure and financed repair works of local heating system. Functioning and stability of the heating system is critical for the region because of severe weather conditions in winter months.

To support and honor veterans of WWII who live in the region The Company paid for their subscription for newspapers.

 

With the start of the new school year Temir Service LLP financed a number of activities to support local education and medical care services: 

1) The Company financed repair works in local schools

2) Temir Service LLP sponsored award of 23 best school teachers in Mugalzhar region - school teachers were each awarded with a personal laptop.

3) Temir Service LLP purchased school supplies and school uniform for children from low-income families and orphans.

4) Temir Service LLP purchased medical supplies and pharmaceuticals for a medical station


It is important to note that social support by Temir Service is highly appreciated by the public and local authorities of Aktobe region. In 2009 the mayor of Aktobe city sent a letter of gratitude to Temir Service for its care and attention to the matters of childrens' welfare in the region. The head of local authorities of Mugalzharskiy district of Aktobe region expressed his deep appreciation to Temir Service for its support of health institutions and the other social objects of Mugalzharskiy district in a gratitude letter of December 2008. The social contribution by Temir Service is also appreciated by the local media.

Moreover in 2009 the Company started supporting Kazakhstan’s culture. Temir Service LLP sponsored issue of an album of graphic paintings of a Kazakh artist Erali Ospanuli, a well known figure in Kazakhstan’s cultural life. The artist inspired by Kazakh epics and traditions created a collection of amazing ethnic graphics that are now gathered together in one album.

 
Social Projects in 2009 

Date

Description of activity

Amount in USD

January 2009

Sunkar pays for subscription for newspapers of WW2 veterans

170

August-September 2009

Sunkar supports water distribution and heating infrastructure of local community of Kandagash

93 333

August 2009

The Company supports renovation and repair works at local schools

36 317

October 2009

Sunkar purchased school supplies and school uniform for children from low-income families and orphans.

$ 3 333

October 2009

Purchase of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals for a local medical station

3 933

October 2009

Award of 23 local school teachers with personal notebooks

12 267

October 2009

Sponsorship of issue of an album of graphic paintings of a local artist Erali Ospanuli

30 000

 

Total

186 353


2008


In April 2008, Temir Service LLP provided two brand new specially equipped ambulance cars for the needs of a central regional hospital of Mugalzharskiy Region (Aktobe Oblast) and in October 2008 the Company financed repair works of the hospital’s service equipment.

In mid-2008 Temir Service LLP financed preparations for the oncoming heating season by paying the utility bills and equipment necessary for heating and water-supply systems of regional social infrastructure.

Support for the regional children development institutions is one of the major priorities of Temir Service LLP. In October 2008, following negotiations with local education authorities, Temir Service LLP supplied and installed playgrounds in kindergartens “Arman” and “Zhuldyz” and in orphans’ home “Umit’ in Aktobe city. Temir Service LLP also purchased heating equipment for a newly opened kindergarten in Mugalzharskiy region of Aktobe Oblast

In 2008 payments as social obligations of Temir Service LLP in Aktobe region totaled US $221 345. 

 
Social Projects in 2008

Date

Description of activity

Amount in USD

March 2008

Sunkar buys 2 ambulance cars for Kandagash town hospital

$ 28 093

August-October 2008

Sunkar supports water distribution and heating infrastructure of local community of Kandagash

$ 163 333

October 2008

Sunkar installs 3 playgrounds at kindergartens and orphans home in Aktobe

$ 25 375

October 2008

Repair works of a lift in Kandagash town hospital

$ 3 333

November 2008

Other

$ 1 210

 

Total

$ 221 345

 
ENVIRONMENT

Under the Kazakh legislature, Temir Service is liable for any damage to the environment of the contract area. To avoid any negative influence of subsoil-use operations over the contract area, Temir Service follows a set of measures set  by the competent body based on the Kazakh and international environmental standards and requirements. Environmental safety is one of our key principles as to the technological process and mining, goods supply and contractors operations.

Temir Service commissioned a reputable Kazakh contractor to prepare a report on estimation of influence of subsoil-use operations over the environment of contract area based on the technical project documentation (the “Report”).

The Report contains estimations of the effect to the environment caused by activities in the contract area: fixed assets such as mining plant, camp, fuelling station, water well, garage, repair station and machinery and vehicles.

The Report covers estimations of influence of the said fixed and movable properties over the air, water resources, geological sphere, soil-vegetable flora and fauna of the contract area and contains set of measures and recommendations to be used by Temir Service in the process of operations to possibly avoid or minimize any environment pollution. The Report also contains clear recommendations on regeneration and mine reclamation on a site.

Under the Report, the ecological influence of activities at the Chilisai mine deposit, including all production objects and infrastructure is estimated as satisfactory, local, within the framework of ecological standards and not entailing any irreversible consequences to the flora and fauna of the contract area.

One of the positive features of the Chilisai project with relation to ecology of the contract area is minimization of area of dislocated top-soil. Upon completion of earth reclamation quarried plots shall be returned for further agricultural exploration.

Within the requirements of the Ecology laws Temir Service has produced a system of internal ecological monitoring with the purpose of :


Production ecological monitoring of the Company includes three main directions providing control over environmental protection and preservation:

 
Temir Service maintains continuous operational monitoring over technological processes which may cause environment pollution. Monitoring of emissions and environmental impact covers the air, surface and underground water, soil, radiation, flora and fauna and is realised through constant sampling and analysis of air, water and soil samples and the establishment of a system of monitoring stations. 

One of the main objectives in environment protection is to avoid any pollution which may be caused by machinery and equipment used in the production process. In this regard Temir Service purchases and uses machinery and equipment which are in full compliance with local and international ecological quality standards. All equipment used at Chilisai mining deposit is duly certified and admitted for use in Kazakhstan by competent authorities.

To prevent environmental pollution Temir Service has introduced the set of measures on timely and prompt removal of industrial and solid waste for further recycling.